Focus Construction gives you the answers on kitchen renovation costs for the GTA.
If you’ve decided to renovate your kitchen, you likely know that it’s not going to be inexpensive. However, there are ways that you can control your costs and still end up with the gorgeous new kitchen that you’ve been wanting for years.
Scope and Layout
You’ve probably seen many stunning photographs of kitchens or even walked through kitchens in showrooms. The problem is that you don’t see price tags attached to these kitchens, so you don’t actually know how much these kitchens cost.
Since it’s hard for a company to answer how much a showroom kitchen costs due to variability in construction expenses, types of cabinetry, plumbing, etc., it’s best to speak with a designer and give them as much information as possible.
Get an accurate estimate from a designer
To take out some of the guesswork, and to get a better idea of what you’re looking at for price, call a designer and have them come out to your house to evaluate your existing space. Focus Construction recommends Two Birds Design, Megan Crosbie Design, and Studio AK.
This will not only give you an idea of price, but also what features can or cannot be included. Since every house is unique, there might be limitations on what can be incorporated.
Once you have your design, go over the specifics for materials and hardware. Here you will decide:
- Cabinet style/type and material: Would you like oak, maple, mahogany, or cherry wood? These seemingly small differences can be in the thousands of dollars.
- Backsplash: Real tile or adhesive?
- Taps, sinks, lighting, and electrical: There are many styles and brands to choose from. For example, you might choose fewer sinks, but select higher-end faucets as opposed to adding an additional sink.
Remember that your house is unique, and prices on television shows or what your relatives have paid for their renovations depend on a variety of factors. To get a straight answer, ask your designer how much each level of kitchen renovation would cost: from low end to high end. They should be able to give you a fairly accurate range for each.
Due to recent inflation and the supply and demand challenges that are affecting product availability and shipping around the world, material costs are still rising. As a result, the low-end Toronto kitchen renovation or remodel is going to cost anywhere from $30K – $50K (not including replacement appliances, which follow the same pricing escalator/availability).
Once your kitchen renovation escalates to either the mid-or-higher-end range, an additional $20K per level can generally be expected. For example, the difference between stainless steel Frigidaire appliances vs Miele for a single kitchen can mean a difference of $3,500 all the way to $20,000
However, your designer should be adept at finding the best ways to spend your money, and know how to minimize costs. In addition to the differences mentioned above, they’ll tell you things like installing more cupboards than drawers will be less expensive. They’ll also know what products to buy that will be long-lasting, and able to survive the rigours of a suburban family.
Who to hire?
If you don’t mind doing some of the organizing, hire your trades separately. This will save you money, but being able to balance the schedules of multiple tradespeople (and your own) will likely be challenging.
Sometimes paying more for the full package by hiring a contractor who manages everything for you is worth it. You’ll save yourself time and stress. To know what to look for in a contractor, check out our blog and protect your kitchen renovation investment.
Focus Construction will provide you with a free quote for your kitchen renovation, no matter the size! Reach out to us today!